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Special August 2014

3D Printers - Individual prostheses by mouse click

There is a real hype around 3D-printing. Three-dimensional objects are printed “upward” out of thermoplastic synthetics. The benefit in daily life is still questionable but the potential is great for industry, especially for medical technology. Whether knee joint or leg prosthesis – certain attributes distinguish 3D-printing form other production processes: it is more precise, faster and more economical. And one of the probably greatest visions of science is the production of stem cells and organs. In the COMPAMED Special you will read what 3D-printing already accomplishes in medical technology.